Q: How do I obtain a fire report?
A: Just call Fire Administration at 850-932-4771.
Q: When I call for an ambulance, why does the
Midway Fire District show up?
A: Midway Fire District personnel are cross-trained
as Firefighter/EMTs or Firefighter/Paramedics.
Personnel are able to arrive on average within 5½
minutes and begin initial treatment and
stabilization of an injured or ill person. Our
personnel carry the same equipment and medication
that is carried on the County’s contracted ambulance
provider. The National Fire Protection Association
1710 sets forth standards that patients requiring
advanced life support (ALS) care receive treatment
from a minimum of 2 paramedics and 2 EMTs on scene.
The County’s contracted ambulance provider staffs
their ambulances with 1 EMT and 1 Paramedic. Often,
the District fire unit arrives on scene and is able
to rapidly assess and treat a patient before the
arrival of the County’s private ambulance provider.
Q: Why does the Midway Fire District send a
unit out to a traffic accident when there are no
A. Midway Fire District investigates all motor
vehicle accidents to ensure that no one is injured
at the scene. We also assess the vehicles for fluid
leakage and other possible hazards. The vehicles are
then removed from the roadway when possible in order
to free up traffic flow and ensure those involved
are placed in a safe area away from the flow of
Q: Why do I see firefighters just standing on
the side of the road after an accident occurs?
A. Midway firefighters are required to wait on the
scene and protect any vehicle from being involved in
a collision if it can not be safely removed from the
roadway. Firefighters then wait until another public
safety agency takes over control of the scene such
as: Florida Highway Patrol or the Santa Rosa County
Q: Is the Midway Fire District part of county
A. No. The Midway Fire District is an
Independent Special District chartered under Florida
Statute 191. The District is governed by 5 elected
officials from the public at large. Funding is
provided through ad valorem taxes from property
within the District. The District is approximately
26 square miles and is the same size in land mass as
the City of Pensacola. The District has
approximately 30,000 citizens which is about half of
the City of Pensacola’s population.
Q: I see your big ladder truck out when there
is no fire. Why do personnel need to take the ladder
out when there is no fire?
A. The personnel assigned to the ladder truck
respond to all types of calls. The ladder truck,
along with the engine and squad, is completely
equipped and licensed as an advanced life support
unit just like an ambulance. The only difference is
that the patient cannot be transported on a fire
apparatus. If a fire breaks out, firefighters are
already on the apparatus and are able to respond
from wherever they are, giving them the ability to
answer calls for assistance in a timely fashion. If
firefighters were in another type of vehicle, they
would have to respond back to the fire station to
pick up the appropriate fire apparatus. This would
result in a delay of responding to a fire. With fire
doubling in size every 30 seconds, a rapid response
with the right equipment can make all the difference
in the world.